GET PAMPERED AT THE OVAL DOOR BED AND BREAKFAST IN EUGENE, OR

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. For some, being innkeepers of a bed & breakfast is a dream job. On a recent trip to Eugene, Oregon, I meet two such people. Nate and Brian Foster, who after years of dreaming of becoming owners of a luxurious B&B, decided to make it happen. They quit their…

WANDERING THESSALONIKI GREECE: TOURS AND A PARK HOTEL STAY

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. Thessaloniki Greece is called the “city that never sleeps” and from our balcony at the Park Hotel, we discovered that saying is true. For even in the late evening, Thessalonians walked the streets, perhaps on their way to meet friends at one of the city’s many outdoor cafes that stay…

WOW WINE MOMENTS IN WASHINGTON’S YAKIMA VALLEY

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. Washington’s Yakima Valley is known for its wine country that wine critics have compared to the growing regions of France. With over 120 wineries and five AVA’s there are plenty of ways to day trip around the Valley and explore its tasting rooms and vineyards. On a recent trip…

DISCOVERING THE STYLISH COMFORT OF THE INN AT LYNDEN IN WASHINGTON

  This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. I recently stayed at the Inn at Lynden while visiting the little town of Lynden, Washington known for its Dutch heritage. The town experienced an influx of Dutch immigration in the early and mid-1900s. History is full of tales, and in the Dutch-themed town of Lynden, Washington, the…

CHARLEY CREEK INN: SMALL TOWN LUXURY IN WABASH, IN

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. The small town of Wabash, Indiana is located in Northeast Indiana, situated along the river, amidst farmlands and scattered woods. Over the past several years, this town has undergone a renewed revitalization, and on a recent trip home, I was able to experience one of the major restoration projects first hand—the Charley…

WANDERING BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON: FIRST STAY AT THE CHRYSALIS INN & SPA

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. For my second day wandering Bellingham, Washington I discovered the Historic Fairhaven District with its charming 19th-century architecture and took a stroll on Taylor Boardwalk. I also stayed at another luxury waterfront hotel—The Chrysalis Inn & Spa—which travel journalist Patricia Schultz included in her book 1,000 Places To See Before…

EXPLORING BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON: FIRST STAY AT HOTEL BELLWETHER

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.   The small city of Bellingham hugs the Washington coastline and nestles up to the craggy, snow-capped Cascade Range.  This bustling college town is only a two-hour drive from Seattle, and a 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver, BC. When the opportunity to have a hosted two-day stay presented itself, I packed up…

LUXURY AND HISTORY AT THE JEFFERSON IN RICHMOND, VA

This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com. The Jefferson describes its historic five-star hotel in Richmond, VA as “authentically opulent” and “eternally relevant.” Built in 1895 by Lewis Ginter, a wealthy businessman who spent millions planning, constructing and furnishing the hotel, it is no surprise that The Jefferson earned a place on the National Register of Historic…

ESSAY PUBLISHED IN ANIMAL LITERARY MAGAZINE

I’m thrilled to announce my essay “The Essence of Escape,” was published in Animal Literary Magazine. To read my essay, and all the other great work in this magazine, you can visit their website.

ESSAY PUBLISHED IN THE LINDENWOOD REVIEW (HONORABLE MENTION)

I’m thrilled to announce my essay “How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Raven,” received an Honorable Mention in the lyric essay contest for Issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review. To read my essay, and all the other great work in this magazine, you can purchase the magazine or read selected free online essays (including…

BBQ Lovers This is for You

When Pit Master and owner of Whitey’s BBQ told me, “It’s just the way I love to cook,” I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his wife…